Media houses to pay Rs 10 lakh each for identifying rape victim

Henrietta Brewer
April 18, 2018

Another lawyer A K Sawahney, who is pleading the case of police constable Tilak Raj for destruction of evidence, said that while the chief minister was talking about fast-track trial, challan copies had not been provided to them till today.

The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud took note of the threats faced by the petitioner's lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat and one Talib Hussain, who was the link between the lawyer and victim's family. Reports said relatives and family members of the accused are holding a protest in Kootah to demand release of their wards and for transferring the case to the CBI for a fresh investigation.

Meanwhile, eight accused arrested in the case were produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate Kathua on Monday.

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the J&K government's response to a petition filed by the Kathua rape-cum-murder victim's father, who has sought shifting the trial to Chandigarh, alleging that the surcharged atmosphere in Kathua was not conducive for a fair trial. Jaising said that situation in the State was "highly polarized" and even the lawyer had been threatened to quit from the case.

The Crime Branch filed the charge sheet after a 75-day-long probe, but Mahajan said it was "incomplete".

The two accused - former revenue official Sanjhi Ram and special police officer Deepak Khajuria - told presspersons outside the Kathua court that they were willing to go for narco-analysis tests.

The bench made it clear that it would confine itself only to the safety and security aspect at the moment.

"We do not want CBI investigation. DNA samples have been matched", the lawyer said, adding that she hailed the state police.

Briefing media persons, convenor of Manipur Secular, Akbar Khan said that rape cases are frequently happening in every corner of the country but most of the accused are set free due to their political background and money power.

The top court directed the next hearing on April 27.

An Associate Professor of Higher Education Department in Jammu had shared cartoon illustration by a facebook page Artoons by Kshitij on April 13 highlights discrimination against Assam Rape Case of a Hindu girl while as Kathua Muslim minor rape case was receiving undue attention by political parties, media, bollywood and other quarter.

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